LOT 114

1882 - 1974

Gaspé / Georgian Bay (verso)
double-sided oil on board, circa 1936
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in, 26.7 x 34.3 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Winnipeg

This double-sided A.Y. Jackson painting depicts two geographically separate areas—Gaspé in Quebec and Georgian Bay in Ontario. When on sketching trips, Jackson would sometimes run out of panels and, wanting to continue, would paint the verso. In March of 1936, Jackson was sketching in Fox River, Gaspé, and in October of that same year, at Go Home Bay, on Georgian Bay. Only a few shreds of snow remain in Gaspé, as the town is released from the grip of winter. Jackson’s painting is all about rhythm—rolling ground, buildings that follow the lay of the land, a curving bay and undulating hills. The panoramic view over the bay to the mountain wrapped in cloud is splendid.

Jackson had a long history with Georgian Bay; he first went there in 1910 and often returned throughout his life during the summer to this unique landscape, canoeing, camping and painting its rock outcroppings, hills and islands. This view depicts sculpted hills, bare tree trunks and a gnarled, fallen tree under a moody sky. Low-growing vegetation, turned red by autumn, points upward like flames, while in the centre small evergreens and gold touches add further notes of vivacity to the landscape.

Both paintings are fine examples of two painting places that were important to Jackson. He explored Canada from coast to coast, and wherever he went, he distilled the essence of every landscape he painted.

Please note: this work is framed so both sides can be displayed.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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